My Comments at the American-Arab Anti Discrimination Committee, Orange County Awards banquette

Miko Peled

I thank you all for this gracious award, for Courage and Conscience. But I must say that for someone who comes from a privileged class, as I do, to come out and talk about the injustices committed by that same class, this is not called courage it is called duty.
So I dedicate this award, which I humbly accept and for which I am grateful, to 16 yr old Majd Burnat from Bili’in who is now recovering from surgery after being shot by an israeli solider, and to his father my friend Iyad Burnat who for 10 years has been among the leaders of the Palestinian unarmed resistance against the Israeli occupation and oppression. Because of his daring to stand up against Israel, Iyad the father was not permitted to travel to jerusalem to be with his son in the hospital at this crucial time.
I dedicate this also to…

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About gwpj

Originally from Seattle, I now live in Sapporo, Japan, where I write, explore this city, read widely, and ask questions about things that i see as important. I'm also an author, with three novels published ("The Old Man and The Monkey", "Grandfather and The Raven", and "Bear: a story about a boy and his unusual dog"). For more information about my writing, drop by my website, at www.geogepolleyauthor.com.
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